Center for Student Achievement - TRIO
Holloway Hall

Study Groups

Why Study In Groups?

Most successful students at SU use study groups. Most successful careers involve team work. Why not start now when you have the opportunity to work with people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse working and learning styles? Study groups can help you in classes with huge reading lists, multiple writing assignments, lots of course-specific jargon and long problem sets. Your instructors can help clarify what class work must be done individually and how they see group work as part of their course.

How To Start A Study Group?

If you are interested in being part of a study group, stop by the TRiO ACHiEVE SSS (GUC 228) and let us know. We will work with you and other students with the same course interests and needs to organize a common time and place for you to meet. Once you have established your study group, talk about expectation and set guidelines. Decide on how often you will meet. Where will you meet (i.e. in the library, the CSA, the fireside lounge, etc.)? Agree upon tasks and divide them up equally. Share contact information and develop a timeline to complete all your tasks in a timely fashion relevant to your syllabus.


Participating in study groups can be exciting and frustrating because of differences in learning and communication. Know your own strengths and weaknesses and what you can contribute to a study group. Be open minded. If everyone you study with looks at material the same way you do, it’s easy to miss out on creative ideas and approaches.

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